During September 6-7, the “Forum on China-Japan Policy Research 2017” was jointly held in Beijing by the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). The forum was addressed by Deputy Director Gao Shixian of the Energy Research Institute and chaired by Researcher Jiang Kejuan of the Energy System Analysis and Research Center and Deputy Director Feng Shengbo of the Energy System Analysis and Research Center. Dozens of experts and scholars from Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, IGES, Princeton University, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) and Environmental Defense Fund took part in the forum.
The long-term aim of the Paris Agreement is to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2℃ and is to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5℃. However, according to the viewpoints of relevant international organizations and research institutions, it is predicted that the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) submitted by all the countries will increase the temperature by 2.7~3.7℃ by 2100. For this practical problem, the experts discussed about the four topics of “Current Chinese and Japanese Policies on Tackling Climate Changes”, “Long-term Strategies and Scenarios of Low-carbon Development”, “Positive Feedback between National Action and International Progress”, and “The Functions of Advanced Cities that March Towards Zero-carbon/Negative-carbon and Sustainable Development”. The two-day discussions laid a solid foundation for further exploring the policy path for achieving the long-term goal.